Gov. Rick Snyder names Dick Posthumus, long-time advisor and partner in reinvention, to serve as Chief of Staff

Former state legislator and lieutenant governor has served as Snyder’s Senior Advisor since 2011

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Lansing – Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Dick Posthumus to serve as his Chief of Staff. Posthumus, a former state legislator and lieutenant governor, has served as Snyder’s Senior Advisor since Snyder took office 6 years ago.

“Dick is an unwavering public servant whose positive attitude and commitment to teamwork and the reinvention of Michigan have already helped steer Michigan’s comeback over the past six years,” Snyder said. “There are few people in this state who can compare to Dick Posthumus when it comes to having a depth of knowledge about state government and how it should be serving the people of Michigan.”

Posthumus said he has been impressed with how Gov. Snyder – a political outsider – has learned how to get things done in the public sector without giving up on his relentless positivity and his commitment to making sure everything is done with helping all Michiganders succeed.

“What Gov. Snyder has accomplished is incredible, especially when you consider how many things he has finished that were merely attempted or just talked about for decades,” Posthumus said. “I’m honored that he asked me to help lead a great team that has helped Michigan’s comeback take shape and is now working on a strong future for our state and our people.”

In addition to Posthumus’ promotion to Chief of Staff, the Governor also is promoting Darin Ackerman to be the new Director of Legislative Affairs. Ackerman has been working as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs since 2011.

Gov. Snyder and Posthumus agreed that Ackerman’s experience and having served with the administration since day one made him a natural choice to help keep the administration’s foot on the gas in terms of legislative priorities.

“Michigan has come a long way but that doesn’t mean we get to coast now,” Snyder said. “I’m looking forward to all the things we can accomplish with our legislative partners in the next two years to pave Michigan’s path toward our future.”